The statement of teaching philosophy is your first opportunity to articulate and demonstrate through examples your approach to teaching in your discipline, and how you teach, assess student work, and foster an inclusive learning environment. Are you struggling to organize and articulate your teaching philosophy and experiences in a meaningful way? Do you need help engaging with this tricky genre of writing as you prepare for the academic job market or put together your teaching portfolio?
For initial guidance and feedback on crafting an effective teaching statement, the CCT recommends all graduate students and postdocs attend our Seminar and Workshop on Teaching Portfolios. These sessions will introduce you to this genre of teaching documentation, including how to craft an effective statement of teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio, and provide the opportunity to receive feedback on drafts of these documents.
Participation in these sessions is recommended, though not required, prior to signing up for a one-on-one consultation with CCT staff on your statement of teaching philosophy.
Prior to the consultation:
Please read O'Neal et al (2007) "Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Search" (downloadable in the right-hand sidebar) and send or upload a draft of your statement of teaching philosophy AT LEAST 24 hours before your scheduled consultation.
During the consultation:
CCT staff will meet with you for 20-30 minutes and answer any questions you may have about what to include, or simply help you to gain a better understanding of how to represent your current teaching on paper. We will also provide you with written and oral feedback on your statement of teaching philosophy and suggests areas for improvement.